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NPA rebel in Eastern Samar surrenders, yields firearm

By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 17, 2015

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the joint elements of 14th Infantry (AVENGER) Battalion and Intelligence Unit at Barangay Vigan, General MacArthur, Eastern Samar on September 15, 2015.

In a report from Colonel Perfecto M. Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander, the NPA surrenderee was identified as Romeo Belarmente @ Ogaya/Vic/Romy member of Section Committee South East of Sub Regional Committee ”SESAME”, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC).

The rebel, who yielded one (1) Ingram (Shooter Brand) bearing serial number 167297 and one magazine loaded with 16 9mm ammunition surrendered around 8:05 P.M. Tuesday and is now undergoing custodial debriefing.

The surrenderee will avail the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) wherein he will receive initial P15,000.00 immediate cash assistance and P50,000.00 livelihood assistance after the documentation and livelihood seminar program which will be facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The rebel decided to surrender following realization that fighting the government and enduring hard life in the mountains are a lost cause.

Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID, lauded the effort of the troops in Eastern Samar for a job well done. Further, he reiterated that surrender is a clear victory for the people of Eastern Samar who yearn for peace and desire to live peacefully and lawfully.